KUALA LUMPUR: A superstitious husband stopped having sex with his wife after a temple medium convinced him she was a danger to his life.
The wife, who only wanted to be known as Loh, said her husband has now abandoned her and their two teenage children and is refusing to meet them as he fears for his life.
Self-employed Loh, 44, said her husband first started consulting the medium to solve personal problems.
She claimed her husband’s personality changed after daily meetings with him.
"The medium told my husband I had been casting spells on him for the past 15 years and that I was a demon trying to kill him.
"He refused to eat or drink at home because he thought I poisoned the food," Loh told a press conference held at the MCA Public Services and Complaints Department yesterday.
Loh also said there were no prior family problems and that her husband was very loving although he was superstitious...
...She said her husband, a factory manager, moved out of the house on the medium’s advice in August and had been paying very little for living expenses and their children’s school fees.
He withdrew the children’s savings totalling RM37,000 before moving out and recently asked for a divorce.
Loh is worried the medium is taking advantage of her husband’s trust in him, claiming the medium is also heavily in debt.
Loh had also found a newspaper report published in 2002 about another man who had neglected his family after he was "helped" by the same medium.
Loh has lodged two police reports...
...Department head Datuk Michael Chong said he had received three complaints this month involving victims who were duped by mediums.
According to Reuters:
Malaysians often seek spiritual aid from an assortment of faith healers, mediums and witch doctors to solve personal problems and work issues.
But there has been a steady increase in complaints of cheating and sexual abuse, which has prompted the government to announce it will table a bill this year requiring faith healers to register with the Ministry of Health.